“Provision” based on Matthew 6:25-34 24×30 Painted in PleinAir

Matthew 6:25-34 25″Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28″And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Demo at “Paint the Town” – Adamsville, TN May 26,2018

Thank you to Jimmy Sites for the photos

Adamsville, TN- I’ll never look at it the same. The short time I spent here as a judge and guest artist for a demo was refreshing. The people were genuine and so talented- in music and in art. The smiles were contagious and the atmosphere so relaxed and welcoming.

Thank you to Lisa Engle for asking me to be the judge of the quick draw paint the town event.

Workshop Announcement: “Painting People with Confidence”

1 day workshop flyer

This 1 day workshop will explore different ways that various, well known portrait artists begin portraits, as well as 3 critical keys to getting likeness.

This workshop will be primarily instructional based with teaching and demoing by Susan. Students will participate through various exercises to apply what they learn.

To register, email Susan:  susanpattonart@gmail.com




“Acorn Soup” accepted into AIS American Impressions Small Works Showcase

acorn soup

I am excited to announce that my recent painting, “Acorn Soup”, was juried into the 2nd Annual American Impressionist Society-  Impressions Small Works Showcase. This show will be held March 23 through April 21, 2018, in the Greenwich House Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. The opening reception is Friday, March 23 from 5-9 PM with AIS Master Kenn Backhaus as the judge of awards.

This painting, “Acorn Soup”, was begun as a demo in my recent 3 day workshop at “Dorroh Lake” campgrounds during the beautiful, cool, fall time of the year, and has a story behind the unusual name.

I brought this copper pot to the workshop to demo a still life, but I did not have a full plan for what the set up would be. As I began to set it up, I decided to walk out onto the grounds of the campsite where we were retreating for the workshop. I headed out across the grassy area out to the edge of the tree line where an old, beautiful oak tree stood with varied colors of large leaves displaying their colors. I broke off various limbs, and in the process noticed large, beautiful acorns scattered on the ground, so I grabbed a few of those, too. As I walked back inside, a flashback of my childhood came to mind. When I was about 5 years old, I had a “playhouse” to “cook” in. Mom would give me her old pie pans and scratched spoons, and I would pick “herbs” (grass), and get flour (sand) and sometimes add flavoring (bubble gum), to make “Bubblegum Soup.” So naturally, as I set up my still life, I decided to name it, “Acorn Soup,” as a nod to the simple, wonderful, days where anything is possible.